House Members Make 2,887 Funding Requests As Earmarks Return
Among the thousands of allotment requests sent to House appropriation holders, there are launches for major airport renovations, a few thousand dollars for a local police department, and various legislative priorities that have long been on the back burner after a decade of postings ban.
More than 300 House members took advantage of Democrats’ decision to allow local project funding proposals for fiscal 2022, sending in 2,887 requests totaling nearly $ 5.9 billion, according to a list published by the House Appropriations Committee. Requests from 221 Democrats totaled $ 3.3 billion, while 106 Republicans requested a total of $ 2.6 billion in earmarked funds, though those numbers include some duplication.
The total requested is less than the amount of money House appropriators are willing to set aside for allocations. Donors have set a 1% limit on discretionary spending, which will likely be around $ 15 billion in fiscal year 2022 for the House and Senate combined.
The total amount of funding requested is particularly low, likely because members didn’t want to appear out of hand in the first year after ending a trust ban first imposed in 2011, said John Hudak, deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management. and a senior researcher in governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
“As an individual lawmaker with an individual assignment, you don’t want to make it a grotesque assignment,” Hudak said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “If the 435 members submitted requests for $ 135 million and did so for all 10 requests, the committee will not take you seriously.
The paper paints a picture of varying priorities for different legislators, from large infrastructure projects to small applications for social service grants. It also shows that members have different strategies for their requests, with some asking for funds over $ 100 million and others asking for just a few thousand.
“In some places it’s money for improving the airport. In some places, it’s for a YMCA, or for healthcare facilities, higher education, ”said Michael Thorning, associate director of governance at the Bipartisan Policy Center, in a telephone interview Tuesday. “They definitely reflect the diversity of congressional districts.”
The numbers also show substantial support among Republicans following a debate among conference members over whether to participate in the new posting process. The 106 Republicans who participated represent half of the 212 members of the House Republican Conference.
“It’s a good performance,” Thorning said. “I imagine that over time, assuming the practice continues and assuming it is done reliably, we will see more members come into the practice in the future.
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Figures are based on Excel file released by the House Appropriations Committee document listing all trust requests. The Bloomberg government made a change to the document before calculating the totals, correcting a $ 1.5 million allocation by the representative.
The biggest request: $ 135.9 million requested by Rep.
Smaller request: $ 2,200 requested by the representative.
Median amount of demand: $ 950,000
Member who requested the most in total: Van Duyne, who requested a total of $ 354,534,598 for eight projects, mostly for programs at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Median total amount requested: The combined median amount requested by an individual member was $ 11,158,196. Republicans tended to ask more broadly than Democrats, at least among those who attended. The combined median amount requested by a Republican was $ 15,959,324.50. The combined median amount requested by a Democrat was $ 10,839,650.
Most subcommittee requests: The Transport-HUD group received 1,079 requests totaling $ 2.7 billion, the two figures being the highest among the 10 subcommittees that received requests.
While the infrastructure requests were unsurprisingly popular, the full list of allocations also includes a significant number of social spending requests. After Transport-HUD, the Work-HHS-Education subcommittee was the most popular among those seeking assignments, receiving 884 requests totaling $ 832.8 million.
“I was a little surprised at the number of projects that address health issues,” Kevin Kosar, resident researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“Mental health, addiction, obstetricians for poor communities,” he said. “When you think of landmarks, you think of roads, water treatment, crumbling public facilities, but healthcare, there’s a lot in there.”